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“I first realized that I had a passion for helping others when I was around 10, caring for my mother who has multiple sclerosis and my young siblings,” said Dreama Davis, who is the second eldest of six siblings.
The junior nursing student from Asheville, N.C., not only has a love for helping others but she also has a strong desire to give back to her community.
“I am naturally drawn to people who are in need and I know one day, I will have the knowledge and skills to help them ignite the fire inside me to become a registered nurse,” she said.
Davis made the decision to come to North Carolina A&T State University the first semester of her senior year in high school. She applied to several universities, but she felt she could get a solid education from N.C. A&T, which would prepare her for a successful professional career.
The 20-year-old came to college with a wealth of community involvement. In high school she was a part of the City of Asheville Youth Leadership Academy, a program that gave her an opportunity to meet and work with business leaders, prepare meals for the women’s shelter and participate in the I Have a Dream Program. She also found the time to work with girls ages 7-14 on body image, peer pressure and confidence. She worked in the Big Brother/Big Sister program, and volunteered for the 2008 Obama Campaign.
With community service always taking priority in her life, it was no surprise that Davis would continue the pattern of giving back to the community while attending college. While at A&T, she has volunteered with the Urban Ministries, to serving meals to the less fortunate, Habitat for Humanity, helping remove a roof with damaged shingles and replacing it with new shingles...
“My grandmother instilled in me the value of giving back. She would always say to me, ‘Do what you can, while you can.’ I have been the one who was in need and was blessed by people who were willing to help, and I have given back and seen the lasting impact that it makes in people’s lives.”
Davis has also found time to be active on campus. She has served as an Orientation Student Leader during the summer of 2011. In this position she assisted freshmen with the transformation from high school to college, and acted as a mentor and resource for the incoming freshmen, transfer, and nontraditional students.
“What I loved most about being a resident assistant is the relationships that I made with the students and the positive impact that I made in their lives,” she said.
She is a member of the University Honors Program, Alpha Lambda Delta Honor Society, Chi Alpha Epsilon Honor Society, and the Sigma Chi Beta Chapter of Chi Eta Phi Sorority Inc. She is also involved in student support programs and is active in her church, Mount Zion Missionary Baptist, at home.
Davis will be graduating in 2014. She is part of the Nursing Scholars Program, so upon receiving her degree, she plans to work as registered nurse in a hospital that has a nursing shortage in North Carolina. After she gains two years of experience, she plans to attend Duke University and become a family nurse practitioner.